PASTOR JACK SHANNON, Senior Pastor. Pastor Jack was called to serve as Associate Pastor of ALC in March of 2011 and assumed the role of Senior Pastor on May 21, 2012. He previously served Lutheran congregations in Billings and Bigfork, Montana. Pastor Jack graduated from Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa in 1993 and holds a Masters degree in Rehabilitation Counseling (1985) and Bachelors degree in Secondary Education (1980) from Montana State University-Billings. Prior to attending seminary Pastor Jack was employed as a licensed substance abuse counselor and also the director of a substance abuse treatment center. His favorite Bible verse is Jeremiah 29:11. Pastor Jack is married to LuAnne and they have two grown children, Tomren and Jaclyn.
PASTOR ERICH SOKOLOSKI, Associate Pastor. Pastor Erich was born in Seattle and has spent most of his life in the Pacific Northwest. He met his wife, Tricia, in the 8th grade at Central Lutheran Christian School in Tacoma. They married when they were both 20 years old, and they celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary earlier this year. Erich and Tricia together studied at Western Washington University and the University of Hull, England. While studying abroad, they traveled several countries in Western and Eastern Europe. In 1999 they both graduated from Western Washington University. Tricia graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Erich graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. In 2005, Erich attended Faith Evangelical Seminary (Originally Faith Evangelical Lutheran Seminary). He graduated in 2009 with a Masters of Divinity. That same year, he was ordained at Central Lutheran Church into the Conservative Lutheran Association (CLA) and joined the LCMC clergy roster in 2010. Before accepting the position of Associate Pastor at ALC, he served at Central Lutheran Church as Senior Pastor and at Faith Evangelical Seminary as Professor of Undergraduate Studies where he taught Christian doctrine, apologetics, philosophy, Biblical studies, church history and Lutheran confessional theology. For pleasure, Erich enjoys reading, writing, hiking, camping, and traveling. He has a heart for quality and creativity in different forms of artistic expression. He loves craftsmanship and has a deep appreciation for old things. Above all else, he believes in Jesus as his Lord and Savior, daily seeks to grow in his relationship with Him, and has a great passion to share His living and active Word. Erich and Tricia have three children, ages 11, 8, and 6.
PASTOR WALLY COLE, Visitation Pastor. Pastor Wally, at age 83, is well into his 17th year as part-time Visitation Pastor at ALC. His wife of 56 years, Fern, volunteers at Yavapai Regional Medical Center and in the ALC congregation. Pastor Wally and Fern lived for 25 years in the Navajo Nation, where Wally was pastor of a Navajo Lutheran church and director of a school and clinic. They have two sons, two delightful daughters-in-law, and six grandchildren, all of whom are active in their local congregations.
JIM KLEIN, Minister of Music. Jim has served as Minister of Music at ALC since 1990, where he directs six vocal choirs, five handbell choirs, and a chime choir for disabled adults. He received a B.A. from Augustana College (SD) in piano performance and choral music education and a M.A. from University of Iowa in music education. In 1999 he was presented the Barbara McClurg Creativity and Innovation Award at Yavapai College as Artistic Director of the YC Master Chorale, which he directed for 14 years. Jim and his wife, Eileen (ALC’s organist), are parents of two grown children, Eric and Julie.
JAKE MADLOCK, Director of Contemporary Music. Jake has been the Director of Contemporary Music since 2009. He started playing on worship teams as a kid at his parents church in Oklahoma. In his early 20’s Jake lived and worked in Nashville to learn more about songwriting and to become a better musician. During this time he gained experience and knowledge from seasoned veterans in the music industry. He moved to Arizona in 2005 and loves being in the dry warm climate. Jake has a wide range of musical influences from: Third Day, Paul Baloche, Danny Chambers to Stevie Ray Vaughn, John Mayer and Brad Paisley. Jake is married to his wonderful wife Jenni and they have four beautiful children: Karen, Megan, Abby and Caleb.
Director of Student Ministry – TBA!
DEBBIE SMITH, Director of Children’s Ministry.
KATHY LILLEY, Assistant Director of Children’s Ministry. Kathy has been a member of American Lutheran Church since 2005. She has served the congregation in many ways: on the Church Council as a member of the Board of Education, with Women of Wisdom (WOW), teaching Sunday School, greeting at Walk Through Bethlehem, and working at Vacation Bible School. Kathy moved to Arizona in 1977 from New Jersey; she and her husband, Dave, have been married since 1987. They have 3 grown children, Brandon, Brittany, and Brady. Kathy worked at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church as the Director of Children’s Ministries for six years. Prior to ALC, Kathy worked with the Special Needs community: she was employed for 3 years with People First and the City of Prescott SNAP program, which provides monthly activities such as dances, bingo, arts and crafts, swimming, workouts, and social opportunities. Kathy also leads the SNAP Signers, a group of 40 special needs adults who have performed throughout the state of Arizona.
EILEEN KLEIN, Organist. Eileen has served as Organist and choir accompanist since 1990. Prior to this position, she served in the same capacity in Huron, SD for 13 years, also at American Lutheran Church. She has accompanied various groups at the Prescott Center for the Arts as well as the accompanist for the Yavapai College Master Chorale. She also is the Administrative Assistant in the College of Engineering at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Parish Life Staff
KATE HOWELL, Director of Administration. Kate came to Prescott in 2005 by way of Phoenix, NYC, and Chicago. Raised in rural northwest OH, she is from German Lutheran farming heritage; in fact, the paternal branch of her family tree can be traced to 16th century Mansfeld, Germany (Martin Luther’s “hometown”). When not at ALC, Kate keeps busy with her band, Hometown Heroes; Prescott Center for the Arts; 3 dogs/1 hamster; and a precocious second-grader.
DONNA ELLSWORTH, Administrative Assistant I. “I would like to thank everyone who so warmly welcomed me into the daily bustle of the Parish Life department. I was raised in an Assembly of God church and have known Jesus as my Savior since the age of fifteen; He is my source of joy and strength. I fell in love with Prescott after attending church camp as a child, and I remember praying that one day I could call this beautiful town home. I moved here from Parker, Arizona, where I raised my family, built my life and a business, and after twenty-five years in the desert, God answered my prayer and brought me up to the mountains! I look forward to each day, each opportunity, and meeting each of you. I am so very blessed to be part of an amazing staff and church family.”
JENNIFER MADLOCK, Administrative Assistant II. Jennifer has been a member of ALC since 2009 and is married to Director of Contemporary Music, Jake Madlock. She has lived in Arizona all of her life and is part of the Perkins family, AZ ranchers for the past hundred years. She grew up working on her parents’ ranch and still loves to ride and work cattle there when she can. Jennifer has 3 wonderful girls and an awesome stepson. She is happy to be a part of the ALC staff and looks forward to seeing what God has planned in her family’s lives.
GERI ONNEN, Receptionist. Geri has been married to husband Dennis for 42 years. She has 3 children, 2 daughters-in-law, 1 son-in-law, 7 grandchildren, and 1 great grandson. Geri’s family has lived in Prescott for 53 years, having moved here from Phoenix. “Dennis & I both graduated from Prescott High School, as did all 3 of our kids. Our oldest son lives in Gilbert with his wife, our daughter & family live in Virginia, and our youngest son & family live in Chino Valley. I have worked for ALC since 1999 and it has been a wonderful time for me. I love to be with family, read & quilt when I have the time.”
ED HALSTEAD, Food Services Coordinator. Ed was born in Los Angeles, CA and moved to Prescott from Santa Barbara, CA in 2005. Ed and his wife, Theresa just celebrated their 40th anniversary; they have 3 grown sons and 9 grandchildren in California. Ed was in the real estate banking business, helping Theresa part-time with her catering business. They eventually opened a restaurant and sold it five years later. He then went into the mortgage business at World Savings & Loan, where he was a Loan Manager. Ed has degrees in Business from UCLA, but he always goes back to the “food business” and volunteering at community events. He has served as Head Chef for CASA’s “Meals-on-Wheels” program, served as BBQ Chef for the California Angels baseball team during spring training in Tempe, AZ, and opened a café at the KOA Campground in Williams, AZ.
LARRY LEE, A/V Technician. Larry is a native Arizonan. Born at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Phoenix, he grew up in the small desert town of Eloy. At the age of 15 , playing combo organ, he joined his first “professional” rock band, Ember Days; they played around the Pinal County area for many years. He later attended G.C.U. where he received his B.A. degree in Music Theory / Composition. In the 80s he moved to California where he did piano studio work for various artists in the L.A. area. While working at Downey Music Center he hooked up with Ronnie Reyes (of Cannibal and the Headhunters), and joined his band, The Boomers. Doing fill-in work with Ronnie (and the Headhunters) he has performed at concerts which billed acts such as Carlos Santana, Jerry Garcia, Mickey Dolenz, Sugarloaf, El Chicano, Los Lobos, and many others. He moved to the Prescott area in the 90s where he has played with local groups such as Truly Reckless, Off the Record, Instant Replay, and currently, the Karma Band. And for the past 20 years Larry has played on church worship teams, beginning with Ontario Calvary Chapel worship team in Ontario, CA. Here in Prescott he has played with the Calvary Chapel worship team, and currently the American Lutheran Church worship team, Sunday’s Calling.
DENNY LARSON, Custodian. Denny moved to Prescott 18 years ago from Minnesota and has been married to wife, Cheryle for 42 years. They have two adult children and one granddaughter, all living in the tri-city area. Denny served ALC for thirteen years as a full-time custodian, retiring in 2009, and returned in August 2012. “I am so thankful and looking forward to serving ALC once again on a part-time basis.”
PHILLIP BUCKLEIN, Custodian. Phillip Bucklein moved to Arizona 07/07/07. Since 2009 he has been involved with the church and its activities. He loves working at the church, believes he has the best job in Arizona, and loves meeting new people.
CINDA KASUN, Bookkeeper.
American Lutheran School (Preschool)
LORI BARBE, Director of American Lutheran School. Lori grew up in thePhoenix area, graduated from NAU and moved toHilton Head Island, SC, where she met her husband, Barry. After 8 years in South Carolina she and Barry moved to Prescott in 1998. Lori has been involved with American Lutheran Church and School since 2001. Three of their four children attended ALS; Lori was on the school board for 4 years and has been the Director since 2008. Lori loves working with preschoolers and has the best job in the whole world!